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The last word (nearly)

I have been fascinated by recent contributions to this organ – underlining as they have the freedom of our scribes to plough their own furrow and address any subject from any angle that pleases them – and which nevertheless, perhaps inevitably have concentrated somewhat upon the General [...]

December 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

The folly of being divorced from reality

After all the excitements of Election night itself and the media analysis of the entrails yesterday which I (and no doubt many others) tuned to – given the general backdrop and recent prolonged paralysis at Westminster – with an inner sense that we were watching a far-reaching historical [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of it is that there is no art

During our impromptu festive phone call yesterday, in passing the Rust’s editor and I touched briefly upon the number of business journalists, marketing and branding experts, friends and acquaintances who still express themselves baffled by our astonishing global commercial success. Actually, to [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The benefits of openness

Few are more repelled by 21st Century ‘wokeism’, post-modern feminism and general Millennial ‘guilt’ about the glories or otherwise of Western ‘First Nation’ countries’ past exploits and achievements than me, but content in my status as a cantankerous old [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments


My late father lived from 1923 to 2013 and witnessed most of the great events of the twentieth and early twenty first century. We had many fascinating conversations and I wish I had preserved his thoughts on these events, notably the Second World War. However, when I asked him to name life-changing [...]

December 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

They keep on coming

Apart from taking the opportunity to wish readers of the Rust all the very best for the festive season and indeed 2020, my purpose today is – in keeping with my ‘brief’ as a columnist – to provide them with links to three media stories of potential historical/archaeological [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fake News (not!)

You know those occasional days when – with every last detail of your carefully-constructed schedule double-checked and for just once in your life, against all expectations, you seem to be ‘ahead of the game’ as you set off … and then something happens which no amount of D-D-Day Landings [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Keeping a close eye on things

Back in the mist of times gone by – along with staples such as Boxing News, Ring Magazine and Boxing Monthly – there used to be a classic resolutely non-mainstream ‘underground’ organ devoted to the fight game produced in London called Round One. This far distant I cannot remember where it [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Into the home straight …

With effectively ‘four days and counting down’ to the vote, on the evidence of my early morning excursion around the news websites the General Election has now reached the ‘silly’ stage. One poll I saw had the Tories going out to an 11 point lead, another had then at 7 points ahead. Both [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Would the last person to leave please turn out the lights …

Last night the electorate was treated to one of the anticipated highlights of the General Election campaign, the BBC’s head-to-head hour-long debate between Boris and Jeremy, chaired by Nick Robinson on BBC1 at 8.30pm in front of a live audience. [It has just occurred to me that in using the [...]

December 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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